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Casey Cep

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019 - 7:00pm
2720 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206

Reverend Willie Maxwell was a rural preacher accused of murdering five of his family members for insurance money in the 1970s. With the help of a savvy lawyer, he escaped justice for years until a relative shot him dead at the funeral of his last victim. Despite hundreds of witnesses, Maxwell’s murderer was acquitted—thanks to the same attorney who had previously defended the Reverend.

Sitting in the audience during the vigilante’s trial was Harper Lee, who had traveled from New York City to her native Alabama with the idea of writing her own In Cold Blood, the true-crime classic she had helped her friend Truman Capote research seventeen years earlier. Lee spent a year in town reporting, and many more years working on her own version of the case.

Now Casey Cep brings this story to life, from the shocking murders to the courtroom drama to the racial politics of the Deep South. At the same time, she offers a deeply moving portrait of one of the country’s most beloved writers and her struggle with fame, success, and the mystery of artistic creativity.

 

CASEY CEP is a writer from the Eastern Shore of Maryland. After graduating from Harvard with a degree in English, she earned an M.Phil in theology at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and The New Republic, among other publications. This is her first book.

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ISBN: 9781101947869
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Published: Knopf - May 7th, 2019

New York Times Best Seller
 
“Compelling . . . at once a true-crime thriller, courtroom drama, and miniature biography of Harper Lee. If To Kill a Mockingbird was one of your favorite books growing up, you should add Furious Hours to your reading list today.” —Southern Living
 


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Kim Michele Richardson

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019 - 7:00pm
2720 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206

Join us for a very exciting free event at our Frankfort Ave. store with Kim MIchele Richardson, Joshilyn Jackson, and Anne Bogel to celebrate Kim's new book The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek.
 

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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - May 7th, 2019

"...a hauntingly atmospheric love letter to the first mobile library in Kentucky and the fierce, brave packhorse librarians who wove their way from shack to shack dispensing literacy, hope, and -- just as importantly -- a compassionate human connection."--Sara Gruen, author of Water for Elephants


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Carrie Cooke Ketterman

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Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 7:00pm
2720 Frankfort Ave.
Louisville, KY 40206

The banks of the Ohio River, where picnic grounds flourished and steamboat travel was abundant, provided an ideal location for amusement parks to thrive in Kentuckiana, a term used to describe the Louisville and southern Indiana area. Popular amusement parks such as Glenwood Park, Rose Island, White City, Fontaine Ferry, and Kiddieland welcomed visitors as early as 1902, and the more successful parks continued to operate well into the 1960s. Visitors to these parks enjoyed steamboat excursions, live music, rides, games, picnics, sporting events, and more. These parks were not only for amusement seekers but also for keen businessmen like David Rose, who purchased Fern Grove in 1923 and renamed the park Rose Island. Transportation businesses thrived, with steamboats like the Idlewild (now the Belle of Louisville) providing regular transportation to the parks along the Ohio River. In addition to an increase in river traffic, companies like the New Albany Traction Company purchased the area that would become Glenwood Park from the well-known Beharrel family, of New Albany, Indiana, and provided rail transportation to their park.

 

Louisville native Carrie Cooke Ketterman is an amateur historian with a great love of vintage amusement parks and an interest in preserving history for future generations to discover and enjoy. Numerous libraries, public archives, and private collections of individuals were instrumental in the development of this book.

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Published: Arcadia Publishing (SC) - March 25th, 2019

The banks of the Ohio River, where picnic grounds flourished and steamboat travel was abundant, provided an ideal location for amusement parks to thrive in Kentuckiana, a term used to describe the Louisville and southern Indiana area.


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Phillip March Jones & Guy Mendes

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Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 7:00pm
2720 Frankfort Ave
Louisville, KY 40206

Walks to the Paradise Garden is the last unpublished manuscript of the late American poet, photographer, publisher, Black Mountain alumnus and bon viveur Jonathan Williams (1929-2008). This 352-page book chronicles Williams' road trips across the Southern United States with photographers Guy Mendes and Roger Manley in search of the most authentic and outlandish artists the South had to offer. Williams describes the project thus: "The people and places in Walks to the Paradise Garden exist along the blue highways of America.... We have traveled many thousands of miles, together and separately, to document what tickled us, what moved us, and what (sometimes) appalled us." Taking its name from the famous artwork by Howard Finster, Walks to the Paradise Garden brings to light rare images and stories of Southern artists and creators who existed in near anonymity during the last half of the 20th century. Organized in chapters devoted to each artist, the book features Banner Blevins, Henry Dorsey, Sam Doyle, Howard Finster, Lonnie Holley, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Sister Gertrude Morgan, William C. Owens, Vollis Simpson, Edgar Tolson and Jeff Williams, among many others.

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$45.00
ISBN: 9781732848207
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Published: Institute 193 - April 23rd, 2019

A classic grand tour of Southern folk art, from Howard Finster to Lonnie Holley


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Ann Patchett

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Friday, October 11, 2019 - 7:00pm
Main Library
301 York St.
Louisville, KY 40203

Carmichael's Bookstore is proud to present Ann Patchett at the Main Branch of the Louisville Public Library. Tickets for this FREE program will be available starting August 1st through this link: http://www.lfpl.org/upcomingevents.htm#patchett

Ann Patchett, the New York Times bestselling author of Commonwealth and State of Wonder, returns with her most powerful novel to date: a richly moving story that explores the indelible bond between two siblings, the house of their childhood, and a past that will not let them go.

At the end of the Second World War, Cyril Conroy combines luck and a single canny investment to begin an enormous real estate empire, propelling his family from poverty to enormous wealth. His first order of business is to buy the Dutch House, a lavish estate in the suburbs outside of Philadelphia. Meant as a surprise for his wife, the house sets in motion the undoing of everyone he loves.

The story is told by Cyril’s son Danny, as he and his older sister, the brilliantly acerbic and self-assured Maeve, are exiled from the house where they grew up by their stepmother. The two wealthy siblings are thrown back into the poverty their parents had escaped from and find that all they have to count on is one another. It is this unshakeable bond between them that both saves their lives and thwarts their futures.

Set over the course of five decades, The Dutch House is a dark fairy tale about two smart people who cannot overcome their past. Despite every outward sign of success, Danny and Maeve are only truly comfortable when they’re together. Throughout their lives they return to the well-worn story of what they’ve lost with humor and rage. But when at last they’re forced to confront the people who left them behind, the relationship between an indulged brother and his ever-protective sister is finally tested.

The Dutch House is the story of a paradise lost, a tour de force that digs deeply into questions of inheritance, love and forgiveness, of how we want to see ourselves and of who we really are. Filled with suspense, you may read it quickly to find out what happens, but what happens to Danny and Maeve will stay with you for a very long time.

Ann Patchett is the author of seven novels, The Patron Saint of Liars, Taft, The Magician’s Assistant, Bel Canto, Run, State of Wonder, and Commonwealth. She was the editor of Best American Short Stories, 2006, and has written three books of nonfiction, Truth & Beauty, What now?, and, most recently, This is the Story of a Happy Marriage. She has won numerous prizes, including the PEN/ Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize for Fiction, and her work has been translated into more than thirty languages. Patchett is the co-owner of Parnassus Books in Nashville, Tennessee, where she lives with her husband, Karl VanDevender, and their dog, Sparky.

 

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Published: Harper - September 24th, 2019

Ann Patchett, the New York Times bestselling author of Commonwealth and State of Wonder, returns with her most powerful novel to date: a richly moving story that explores the indelible bond between two siblings, the house of their childhood, and a past that will not let them go.


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Charles King & Maggie Paxson

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Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 7:00pm
2720 Frankfort Ave.
Louisville, KY 40206

In Gods of the Upper Air, Charles King prepares a dazzling group portrait of Franz Boas, the founder of cultural anthropology, and his circle of women scientists, who upended American notions of race, gender, and sexuality in the 1920s and 1930s--a sweeping chronicle of how society began to question the basic ways of understanding other cultures and themselves.

CHARLES KING is the author of seven books, including Midnight at the Pera Palace and Odessa, winner of a National Jewish Book Award. His essays and articles have appeared in the The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, and The New Republic. He is a professor of international affairs and government at Georgetown University.

During World War II, French villagers offered safe harbor to countless strangers--mostly children--as they fled for their lives. The same place offers refuge to migrants today. Paxson examines why in The Plateau.

MAGGIE PAXSON is a writer, anthropologist, and performer. She is the author of Solovyovo: The Story of Memory in a Russian Village, and her essays have appeared in the Washington Post Magazine, Wilson Quarterly, and Aeon. Fluent in Russian and French, she has worked in rural communities in northern Russia, the Caucasus, and upland France.

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Published: Riverhead Books - August 13th, 2019

During World War II, French villagers offered safe harbor to countless strangers - mostly children - as they fled for their lives. The same place offers refuge to migrants today. Why?


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Published: Doubleday - August 6th, 2019

A dazzling group portrait of Franz Boas, the founder of cultural anthropology, and his circle of women scientists, who upended American notions of race, gender, and sexuality in the 1920s and 1930s--a sweeping chronicle of how our society began to question the basic ways we understand other cultures and ourselves.


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Karen Abbott

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019 - 7:00pm
2720 Frankfort Ave.
Louisville, KY 40206

"In Karen Abbott's hands, the saga of bootlegger George Remus is more than just a rollicking tale of money, obsession, and murder (although it is certainly that), it's nonfiction's answer to The Great Gatsby and an instant classic. Scrupulously researched and packed with jaw-dropping details, The Ghosts of Eden Park is the most thrilling narrative I have read in a long time." --Gilbert King, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Devil in the Grove and Beneath a Ruthless Sun

 

The Ghosts of Eden Park is the epic true crime story of the most successful bootlegger in American history and the murder that shocked the nation, from the New York Times-bestselling author of Sin in the Second City and Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy.

KAREN ABBOTT is the New York Times bestselling author of Sin in the Second City, American Rose, and, most recently, Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy, named one of the best books of the year by Library Journal and the Christian Science Monitor. A native of Philadelphia, she now lives in New York City.

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Published: Crown - August 6th, 2019

The epic true crime story of the most successful bootlegger in American history and the murder that shocked the nation, from the New York Times bestselling author of Sin in the Second City and Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy


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Mike Bramer

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Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 7:00pm
2720 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206

This story provides context and answers to "The House on Pope Lick Road." Where did Laura's protector come from? Who is the lady in the woods? The Road to the Pope Lick Trestle continues the journey in this three part series which will culminate with the final chapter, "The Monster under the Trestle."

Mike Bramer was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. He has worked his entire adult life for the YMCA. He is an avid fan of movies and great stories. His inaugural book was inspired by the train trestles near where he lives today. He and his daughter, Makenzie, often explored the main characters journey over dinner. The mystery around the trestles and a number of deaths provided the setting for the suspenseful storyline.

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Randall Munroe

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 7:00pm
301 York St
Louisville, KY 40203

Please join us for a reading and discussion with Randall Munroe at the Louisville Free Public Library Main Branch!

 

This event is FREE and open to the public, but we are asking for RSVPs through this link: http://www.lfpl.org/upcomingevents.htm#munroe

 

You can also pre-order HOW TO with us! Just make sure to specify event-pick up in the comments. https://www.carmichaelsbookstore.com/book/9780525537090

 

HOW TO is the book Munroe’s huge fan base has been clamoring for and showcases Munroe at his best. By exploring the most complicated ways to do simple tasks, Munroe invites us to explore the most absurd reaches of the possible and, similar to What If?, has the potential to “reinvigorate your sense of cosmic wonder” (Entertainment Weekly). With HOW TO, Munroe cements his place as one of the most brilliant minds working today.

 

Randall Munroe is the author of the #1 New York Times bestsellers What If? and Thing Explainer, the science question-and-answer blog What If, and the popular webcomic xkcd. A former NASA roboticist, he left the agency in 2006 to draw comics on the internet full-time. He lives in Massachusetts.

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Published: Riverhead Books - September 3rd, 2019

The world's most entertaining and useless self-help guide, from the brilliant mind behind the wildly popular webcomic xkcd and the #1 New York Times bestsellers What If? and Thing Explainer


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John Larison

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Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 7:00pm
2720 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206

In the spring of 1885, seventeen-year-old Jessilyn Harney finds herself orphaned and alone on her family’s homestead. Desperate to fend off starvation and predatory neighbors, she cuts off her hair, binds her chest, saddles her beloved mare, and sets off across the mountains to find her outlaw brother Noah and bring him home. A talented sharpshooter herself, Jess’s quest lands her in the employ of the territory’s violent, capricious Governor, whose militia is also hunting Noah—dead or alive.

Wrestling with her brother’s outlaw identity, and haunted by questions about her own, Jess must outmaneuver those who underestimate her, ultimately rising to become a hero in her own right.

 

 John Larison spent much of his childhood in remote regions of Australia, the Caribbean, Canada, the South Pacific, Alaska, and the American West before graduating from high school in Ithaca, New York. He studied philosophy and literature at the University of Oregon, and became a renowned fly-fishing guide ahead of earning an MFA from Oregon State University, where he stayed to teach while writing Whiskey When We're Dry. He lives with his family in rural Oregon.

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Published: Penguin Books - July 2nd, 2019

Named a Best Book by Entertainment Weekly, O Magazine, Goodreads, Southern Living, Outside Magazine, Oprah.com, HelloGiggles, Parade, Fodor’s Travel, Sioux City Journal, Read it Forward, Medium.com, and NPR’s All Things Considered.
 


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